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Vision for Volunteering – Update

The Vision for Volunteering is a movement to create a diverse, innovative, ambitious, equitable and person-centred future for volunteering. It aims to set out a view of what volunteering needs to look like, and how this will make volunteers feel about their roles, by 2032. More than 350 people from more than 300 organisations contributed to the Vision for Volunteering, which is led by NAVCA, NCVO, Volunteering Matters, and the Association of Volunteer Managers.

The Vision for Volunteering programme team are leading a range of in-person and virtual workshops throughout June and July to inspire you and your organisations to bring Vision for Volunteering to life in your communities. The workshops will be places for you to share what practical tools and resources will best help you with making the Vision a reality.

Find out more on the Vision for Volunteering events webpage.

Vision for Volunteering gets funding

Back in June 2022, at the Connecting Communities Conference, Gethyn Williams spoke about the Vision for Volunteering strategy and how those collective organisations behind it hoped it would spark a new enthusiasm for volunteering. In the session, many highlighted their agreement and excitement for the points made by the paper but felt without government backing, it wouldn’t get very far.

On the 15th of December 2022, it was announced that funding had been granted by the government.

“Plans to transform volunteering in England are set to be realised, with a Government investment of £600,000. The ambitious ten-year Vision for Volunteering, set out by over 300 organisations from across the volunteering community, aims to make England the best place in the world to be a volunteer by 2032.

Funding announced today from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will strengthen the next 18-month stage of the project, which focuses on how volunteering must adapt and evolve in five key areas over the next decade including equity and inclusion. The government’s support for the Vision for Volunteering comes at a crucial time.

The current economic crisis is causing huge challenges across society. Volunteers are once again proving how vital they are to the national crisis response – helping to deliver support and services to those who need it in communities across the country. But it is also a difficult time for volunteers themselves and for organisations struggling to recruit volunteers in a difficult economic climate.”

Read the full press release below.

Vision for Volunteering Press Release


DCMS invited to join Vision for Volunteering

For those who attended the Vision for a Volunteering event, which was part of the Connecting Communities Conference 2022, you might be interested to see the report which was featured in the latest DCMS email bulletin where it stated:

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Charities and Volunteering

On 14 June, Minister for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Civil Society, Nigel Huddleston, was invited to speak at the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Charities and Volunteering on the launch of the Vision for Volunteering, a sector-led initiative setting an ambitious direction for volunteering for the next ten years.

Minister Huddleston thanked the lead organisations, highlighting the role of volunteering, and talked about how crucial volunteers are to many sectors.

The Minister was delighted to accept the invitation for DCMS to join the formal Vision for Volunteering governance structure and DCMS look forward to continuing to provide support in realising this vision.

Vision for Volunteering launches soon

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Over the past year, a number of national body partners have been pulling together England’s first Volunteering Strategy – Vision for Volunteering. This is going to be launched at the Birmingham Volunteer Expo in May , but don’t worry Support Cambridgeshire have secured some exciting news around this which we will be realising in the coming weeks, so watch this space.